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Courtney Tollison Hartness: in praise of the public library

Despite our dependence on the Internet for quick fact checking and other research, Furman History Professor Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., says brick-and-mortar libraries “deserve our unflagging support.” In a piece she wrote for Greenville Journal, Hartness offers a brief history of libraries in the United States including those in Greenville’s storied past. She reminisces about […]


The Rabbit Revolution

The nearly 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs from downtown Greenville through the Furman campus and on to Travelers Rest has been incredibly successful. The trail attracts more than a half million users each year, and runners, walkers and bikers alike use the trail for their exercise. Julian Reed, a health sciences professor at Furman, […]


How will Bernie Sanders do in South Carolina?

Over the weekend, Sen. Bernie Sanders was in the key early primary state of South Carolina. He’s been drawing huge crowds around the country in his campaign for the Democratic nomination, but South Carolina could prove to be a big hurdle. Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson commented about just how big that challenge might […]


Starting a new career

For weeks, teachers across the Upstate have been preparing to return to the classroom. First-year and experienced teachers alike have started lesson plans and gone shopping. That includes McKinsey Payne, a 2015 Furman graduate who will be a first-year teacher at Inman Intermediate School. Payne, who graduated with a degree in education, also will work […]

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Furman makes two more “beautiful” lists

Some say looks don’t matter. But ask anyone at Furman if campus beauty was part of their college decision, odds are you’ll be met with a resounding “Yes!” Furman made the most beautiful campus round-up for Pinterest-like PureWow, and thrillist, a food, drink and travel website.


Paul Thomas writes op-ed about child well-being

Racially-motivated shootings in Charleston have trained a magnifying glass on the state of South Carolina. Furman education professor Paul Thomas, Ed.D., shifts the focus to lagging opportunity for many in the state when it comes to education and jobs. In an op-ed Dr. Thomas writes for The State, he cites stats from South Carolina’s 2015 […]

The power of a student blog post

Investors shrugged off AAC Holdings Inc.’s disclosure last week that its former president and several former employees had been indicted by the state of California for “second-degree murder” of a patient at one of the company’s substance-abuse treatment centers. But a blog post this week from Chris Drose, a 21-year-old Furman senior, alleging widespread negligence […]

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Rev. Kristin Dollar sees both sides of nurturing

2012 Furman graduate and English major Kristin Dollar knows what it’s like to minister and to be ministered unto. Bouts of depression, questions about faith, and an internship with local Triune Mercy Center led her to seminary, then to St. John’s United Methodist Church where she now serves as associate pastor of nurture. Derrek Asberry […]

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Furman senior explores gentrification and compassionate housing

Fewer families in Greenville are making less money. Every income bracket less than $50,000 decreased from 1999 to 2013. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. Poring over Census data and a report by Harvard professors, Furman senior sustainability science/political science major Hayden Couvillion says households really haven’t increased their income levels, but have simply moved […]

Saccenti quoted in USA Today article

For years, an increasing number of university police departments have been arming their officers to deal with potential threats on campus. The numbers continue to grow, campus law enforcement officials say, even after the deadly shooting at the University of Cincinnati. Tom Saccenti, Furman’s chief of police, was quoted in a USA Today article about […]